Care & Maintenance
Specific assembly instructions are included with the purchase of each Campania fountain. Please check that these instructions and all fountain parts are included before setting up the fountain.
The following general guidelines should be followed for every fountain set-up:
- The fountain should be set up on a flat, level surface to ensure proper water flow. It is not recommended that fountains be placed directly on grass or dirt.
- A properly prepared base of gravel, flagstone, or other hardscaping material is preferred to maintain stability.
- Check that the pump works BEFORE assembly by placing it in a bucket of water and operating the pump.
- All pumps are submersible and must be completely underwater to function properly. Position the channel opening at the base of each fountain toward the electrical outlet to be used since the pump cord will be threaded through this opening.
- A fountain pump should only be connected to a properly grounded 110 volt (AC only) GFCI protected receptacle.
General Fountain Care & Maintenance
Proper care for all fountains should include the following important tips:
- Consistent filling is required to maintain a proper water level and ensure that the pump remains totally submerged. If the level of water is too low, the pump will be damaged. How often a fountain should be filled depends on water flow and specific weather conditions in which the fountain is running. Appropriate water level is also required for proper fountain performance.
- Keep pump inflow free of debris to insure proper water flow. Periodic cleaning of the pump will extend its life.
- If desired, the fountain may be cleaned with mild soap (ie Dawn) and a soft bristle brush or cloth. DO NOT use bleach as this may affect the patina.
- Algaecides available at pond supply or garden shops can be used to combat the buildup of algae.
- Always follow general winter care for fountains to extend the life of your fountain.
Fountain bowls/tops and other fountain components, which collect water, should not be left outside in the winter since any component, which fills with water and freezes may crack. Likewise, components such as pedestals, which remain in a basin, filled with water, which then freezes, may also crack or crumble. Ideally, therefore, a fountain should always be stored indoors or in a dry protected place such as a covered porch away from the elements.
However, if a fountain must be left outside:
- Remove pump, rubber stoppers, drainpipes, finials, and other small components for storage indoors. Note that stoppers or drainpipes are removed to allow drainage in the event water accumulates in any basin.
- Raise the fountain base from the ground with wood strips so that the base will not freeze to the ground surface.
- Cover or wrap the fountain with one of our fountain covers. Otherwise, you can use burlap or other absorbent material (old blanket or towel) and then cover securely with plastic, making sure that water will not accumulate in the basin or other fountain component and freeze.
- Check the fountain periodically to insure that the plastic is secure and water is not accumulating in any fountain component.